Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 30 mins

Italian style sloppy joes that I saw on Easy Entertaining with Michael Chiarello today. The CA chili powder is a sweet powder.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In a large bowl, mix together the sausage, fennel seed, chili powders, and salt and pepper, to taste.
  2. In a large skillet over medium heat cook the sausage mixture until browned.
  3. Remove it from the pan and set aside; drain off all but 1 tablespoon of the fat from the skillet.
  4. Return the SKILLET to medium heat and add the onions and garlic.
  5. Cook until the onions are soft, stirring often, about 5 minutes.
  6. Add the red wine, then stir in the tomato paste, pureed tomatoes, and dried oregano.
  7. Bring the mixture to a boil and add the cooked sausage.
  8. Turn the heat down and simmer for about 15 minutes.
  9. Taste and adjust seasoning with salt and pepper.
  10. If mixture is too thick, thin it with a little broth or water.
Most Helpful

Great recipe packed with flavor! I used turkey sausage to lighten it up a bit and used ancho chili powder instead of the New Mexico chili powder. Loved the rich flavor that the wine added. Served sloppy-joe style on whole wheat buns but I think this would make a great pizza sauce too. Thanks for sharing this recipe!

loof November 16, 2010

This was delicious. I also used regular chili powder as there is not a lot of variety in this spice where I live. In addition, I made it with ground chicken instead of sausage. Oddly enough, it still tasted like sausage but the chicken is more healthy for me.

Irmgard April 13, 2007

This was great I used regular chili powder because I couldn't find the other ones and it tasted great. Not as quick as manwich but definatly worth the extra work.

micregpri October 14, 2005